Stay at Secrets Resorts & Spas

 One of our employees, Nina M. Scimenes, blogged about her trip to Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun.  We wanted to share her blog with our Juice readers!

Secrets Resorts & Spas is included in Apple Vacations’ Summer Fun for Everyone sale , and it is appropriate because a stay at one of the adults-only beachfront properties is beyond ‘fun’!  You can expect a spectacular beach vacation with the inclusions of Unlimited-Luxury® with spacious accommodations, unlimited top-shelf spirits, gourmet dining without reservations, 24-hour room service, nightly entertainment and more.  What’s not to love?

View of infinity pools at Secrets SIlversands

View of infinity pools at Secrets SIlversands

 

This past July I soaked up the sun for three days at Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun with my best friend.  I loved every second of our getaway.  The resort is very modern and chic and you feel it as soon as you enter the main lobby and see the sculpture of silver fish.  We received a warm welcome from the staff with a cold hand towel and glass of champagne!

 

It was the perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. From peaceful pampering at the Secrets Spa by Pevonia, to an exciting bike ride into Puerto Morelos, we enjoyed the best of both worlds. Most of our time was spent lounging poolside near Manatees and sipping on refreshing cocktails at the swim up-bar.   When the sun goes down the party continues with lively entertainment.  One night we enjoyed a captivating performance at ShowTime Theater, Secrets Idol, presented by Secrets Entertainment Team.  Guests competed in a singing competition and the judges were also guests.  The music selection got us on our feet dancing.

Lobby Bar at night

Lobby Bar at night

Secrets Silversands Riviera Cancun offered a variety of dining options.  Each morning I enjoyed a hearty breakfast at World Café complete with a Mimosa and Bloody Mary bar! The ceviche at Oceana was one of my favorite meals and it is served al fresco overlooking the main pool.  El Patio is my favorite restaurant at the resort, not just because it serves authentic Mexican cuisine, but the warm ambiance is very inviting and just down right adorable. As soon as you enter the restaurant, there is a tree with blown glass hearts dangling, making the perfect photo opportunity. At least one Mexican meal is a must when in Mexico! I highly recommend the delicious guacamole and El Paster pork tacos. And of course, while we were there, we just had to order 24-hour room service one night for a midnight snack! There is truly something for everyone.

 

With 12 stunning Secrets Resorts & Spas to choose from, there is defiantly a perfect resort for you. Recently, SecretsResorts.com added a resort finder to their newly revamped website. http://www.secretsresorts.com/resort-finder. How clever! By answering a series of questions about what you expect from a vacation, you can find the Secrets Resort that is perfect for you. Sun, sand and special moments are waiting for you. Enjoy your getaway.

 

Hot Wedding Destinations in 2013

 

Considering a destination wedding in 2013? These 5 romantic spots are ideal for tying the knot in style!

1. Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

The Caribbean islands are blessed with all the trappings for a spectacular destination wedding: powder-fine sand, crystal-clear waters and romantic resorts aplenty. But lately the tropic sun seems to shine brightest on the resort area of Punta Cana, thanks to new direct flights from wallet-friendly airlines AirTran and Frontier, it makes getting to this breathtaking (and affordable) stretch of paradise a cinch. The plethora of choices extends to lodging as well. No matter your style, there’s a resort for you: All-inclusive ease!  Resorts in this popular wedding locale come with staff planners to handle the work and packages that make pricing a breeze.

Travel Tip — Welcome your guest! Leave a gift bag in each room full of goodies for your guest. Don’t forget suntan lotion and trinkets to remind them of your wedding destination when they’re back at home.

2. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Fiestas don’t get any more authentic than in Puerto Vallarta. It’s the perfect spot to welcome guests with icy margaritas and exchange “I do’s” as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean. Sheltered by the jungled landscapes of the Sierra Madre Mountains to the east with romantic views of the Pacific to the west, Vallarta provides an exotic blend of cosmopolitan culture, Mexican flavor and nature at her best. Vallarta is home to Banderas Bay, where you can enjoy the thrill of whales up close from December through April. Vallarta is divided into two general areas: Puerto Vallarta to the south and Riviera Nayarit to the north.

3. Montego Bay, Jamaica

Exchange vows on this island paradise where reggae, romance and the Caribbean sun come together. Pioneers of the all-inclusive vacation concept, you won’t find an island that does it better. For many, it’s positively addictive. The country’s pulsating heartbeat is embodied by soulful cuisine, lively reggae and generous smiles from locals who love to show off their country. Getting married here is so simple that more visitors than Jamaicans are wed on the island every year.

Travel Tip – Planning an off-season wedding or honeymoon (May – Dec) can help you save big on hotels & other costs. Jamaica’s tropical climate does not vary from season to season so marry in the “off-season” and save!

4. Maui, Hawaii – U.S.A.

Maui is a hassle-free place to make a tropical wedding a reality. Both independent wedding planners and onsite coordinators at big resorts can pave the way to I do. There are countless reasons brides and grooms flock to this ever-popular Hawaiian isle. For starters, everything about it seems to cater to couples seeking one romantic experience after another (think unlimited sunsets and picture-perfect beaches). Although Maui’s certain to exceed your expectations as a tropical paradise, its unique inland offerings will give you the opportunity to turn a fantastic beach vacation into an unforgettable adventure. Plus, with direct flights from the mainland, the island is easily accessible for wedding guests.

5. Riviera Maya, Mexico

This 112-mile stretch of coastal paradise, with its white sand beaches fronting turquoise waters, tropical jungles and ancient Mayan ruins, provides the perfect setting for your fairy-tale wedding and heavenly honeymoon.

Travel Tip – While a tropical climate might be great for your tan, it can wreak havoc on big, fluffy satin dresses. Consider lighter-weight fabrics, a shorter hemline or a strapless gown to keep you cool on your wedding day.

 

I Have a Secret – Secrets Capri

 

 

I know you are not supposed to have “favorites” when you work with so many hotels in Mexico & The Caribbean, and if you do, you are not supposed to talk about them right? It’s like, when you have children, you never say which one is really your favorite.  But I do have a favorite Secrets Resort – Secrets Capri Riviera Cancun. I love it. I have written about it many times before.  It is currently a part of Apple Vacations SuperSale, so I wanted to feature it here again. If you are considering a vacation at this resort, you are making a great choice.

If you book with Apple Vacations, all of the Secrets Resorts and Spas have non-stop transfers to and from the resort, and you do not need wristbands, dining reservations or towel cards.  The service, staff, dining and amenities are exceptional at all of them as well. They are adults only unlimited luxury ™. Secrets Capri, however just speaks to me from the moment I walk in. It’s a smaller, more manageable resort for me and that is exactly what I prefer on a vacation. It reminds me of a colonial plantation resort on the west coast of Mexico.   It is very easy to walk around, and nothing seems too far away. The pool is a perfect size with space to relax and be alone, but also a pool bar to be social with other guests if you prefer.  The Cactus Club Ceviche & Taco Bar next to the pool and beach, is not to be missed.  Oceana the Fresh Seafood and Seaside Grill & Caribbean Steakhouse offer spectacular view of the Caribbean Sea while you dine.  And, the food at all restaurants is just spectacular. The rooms at Secrets Capri are a perfect size, they are a little bit larger than I was expecting and the bathrooms are beautifully decorated.  Even the beautiful yellow color of the resort is just calming.

Sure Secrets Maroma has one of THE  most amazing beaches in the world, and Secrets Silversands has a spectacular infinity pool and is a bit livelier, and Secrets the Vine is just breathtaking and in the middle of  Cancun, but Secrets Capri has my heart. Vacationing and visiting Secrets Capri is truly treat for me, since most of my vacations are family oriented and this resort is adults only.  But I cannot wait to get back here soon, very soon.

 

The 10th Annual Sea Turtle Festival

 

Photo Credit: Apple Vacations - Tulum Ruins, Mexico

 

Photo Credit: Apple Vacations - Baby turtle in Tulum Mexico

If you’re thinking about a trip down south to soak up the sun and enjoy warm tropical waters, here’s a great reason you should consider visiting Tulum, Mexico. The 10th Annual Sea Turtle Festival will take place in Tulum this upcoming week. Activities will include sandcastle competition, children’s painting, art exhibition, raffle and live music. It’s really great how many wild animals live and nest in the area.

From the 25th to the 28th October you will be able to be part of an exciting gathering of people who are passionate about sea turtles and their conservation. One of the hosts will be  Bahía Príncipe Hotel in Tulum. The festival aims to raise the local population and tourists awareness on the sea turtles protection, as one of the most primitive vertebrates in existence and now endangered too. Centro Ecológico Akumal is part of the organizing committee.

Will you be visiting Mexico in October? Here are some other exciting things to do in while visiting Cancun and Riviera Maya with Amstar DMC!

#BeachThursday – Top 5 Dreamy Beaches

A common question I hear at Apple Vacations – Where is the best beach?

Sit back, relax and imagine warm, tropical breezes tickling your skin as I take you on a tour of the Top 5 Dreamy Beaches to go to on an Apple Vacation!

1. Bavaro Beach - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Named one of the top ten beaches in the world by National Geographic, Bavaro Beach is an immense stretch of beautiful white sand beach, dotted with swaying tropical palms and bordering along warm turquoise waters. Bavaro boasts a majestic coral reef for diving and other water activities.

Photo Credit: Apple Vacations - Bavaro Beach - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

 

2. Playa de Los Muertos – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Puerto Vallarta‘s golden beaches and indigo waters invite carefree bayside relaxation. The famous Playa de Los Muertos (“Dead Man’s Beach”) is named for a legendary story that this stretch of sand was a hub of pirate activity during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Photo Credit: Apple Vacations - Playa del los Muertos - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

 

3. Waikiki Beach – Oahu, Hawaii

Waikiki is most famous for its beaches. With Diamond Head as your backdrop, the calm waters of Waikiki are perfect for a surfing lesson.

Photo Credit: Apple Vacations - Waikiki Beach - Oahu, Hawaii

 

4. Maroma Beach – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Often nominated as one of the best beaches in the world, Maroma Beach is Mexico’s most exclusive beach hideaway. Determined to preserve its ecological balance, Maroma is a world away from the Yucatan hot spots’ hustle and bustle. Set against 500-acres of lush jungle, the beach is a pristine stretch of sand slipping in the calm turquoise waters of the Caribbean.

Photo Credit: Apple Vacations - Maroma Beach - Riviera Maya, Mexico

 

5. Playa Tamarindo – Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Located in the northwest of the country on the Pacific side, Guanacaste is known for its beautiful beaches, incredible bird watching, excellent surfing and superb snorkeling.

Photo Credit: Apple Vacations - Playa Tamarindo - Guanacaste, Costa Rica

 

 

Pampered in Paradise

Blue Diamond, Riviera Maya  

I recently stayed at the Blue Diamond, and I honestly have to say this is one of the best hotels I have ever had the chance of staying at.  I recommend this property for anyone that enjoys a more quiet vacation and wants to be pampered. 

 Here are my top reasons to visit:

 Location, Location, Location

Nestled on the pristine coast of the Riviera Maya, Blue Diamond Riviera Maya is a sanctuary of breathtaking beauty and peace, surrounded by nature. This exclusive hideaway is set in 36 acres of lush topical jungle, with a well-manicured gardens. I loved spending time on the spectacular palm filled white sandy beaches along the turquoise-colored Caribbean Sea. It’s 40 min south of Cancun International Airport and 10 minutes north of Playa del Carmen.

 

Blue Diamond Riviera Maya - This luxurious adults only resort is built along peaceful river waterways, a mystical cenote and the Mexican Caribbean sea, With 128 junior suites and suites in this peace of paradise, the resort lends the perfect mix of luxury amenities with oriental flourshes, impeccable service and and exceptional fushion of cuisines.

 

 

Service

The delicacy in the care,

Modern contemporary exclusive hideaway set in 36 acres of lush, tropical jungle and white sandy beaches, offering unparalleled pampering and rejuvenation being tranquil sanctuary of breathtaking beauty.

attention to detail and exquisite service are the solid pillars of its life philosophy. They have a great concierge who will take care of anything you need. My patio suite had a small plunge pool which they were  happy to fill daily upon my request. 

 

Food!

The food is all gourmet! The hotel has 3 fantastic restaurants that offer plenty of variety and they will make anything you want. 

  • Ceviche – Tapas Bar serving continental breakfast, lunch and snacks.
  • Aquamarina – International cuisine. Combination of buffet and a la carte.
  • Ambar – A la carte Fusion cuisine. Opetion for dinner only.

 

Unique!

Adults-only property, incomparable beach, complimentary green fees, free ocean dive or snorkeling tour , private outdoor bathtub & plunge pools, beach concierge service, Yoga Classes, Sailing, Kayaking, Windsurfing, and  Jogging Trails. Don’t miss the rooftop bar in the evening to star gaze.

The stay at this hotel is completely sensory: the vision, the hearing, the touch and, of course, the palate ...

 

Wellness

Its Spa elegantly merges the Maya philosophy with ancient Asian healing rituals. A careful selection of special treatments for health and beauty, including a wide variety of activities such as Yoga, Pilates, Watsu and the best equipment in Kinesis.

 

A Much ‘Kneaded’ Vacation

There are very few indulgences in this world I love more than a good massage. When my husband and I went away for our summer vacation this year to Secrets Silversands in Mexico’s beautiful Riviera Maya, I knew we needed to take advantage of their state-of-the-art Spa.

Secrets Silversands Spa by Pevonia - The expansive 12,000 square foot Secrets Spa by Pevonia at this all-suite, Unlimited-Luxury® resort offers an atmosphere of pure indulgence with a combination of hydrotherapy and indigenous treatments. Spa packages available.

Not to sound too dramatic, but spa treatments, in my opinion, are amazing; they’re reinvigorating, a wonderful exercise to reduce stress and most importantly they revitalize your body. I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying everything from European facials, to saunas, to a variety of different massage techniques.  Now add a tropical setting to all that – Whoa! I knew my cares would float away into the beautiful blue Caribbean Sea.

Secrets Silversands Spa by Pevonia - Spa hotels can turn any vacation stay into a luxurious experience.

So, on our second day, I stopped by the spa after breakfast to schedule our “couples” massages. An added bonus was that, even though our treatments weren’t until later that afternoon, we had the opportunity to enjoy all the Spa facilities for the entire day. (That included: the private pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, light therapy room, and meditation room). My usband and I arrived early, changed into our robes and slippers, waited in the lobby for our masseuses and enjoyed a refreshing detoxifying iced tea beforehand. We were happily greeted and taken to our beautiful massage room, where we settled in for the next 90 minutes. My husband had spent a little too much time in the sun that day and the day before, so he opted for a special water lily treatment to help alleviate the sting from sun burn. I loved my Swedish massage and I know my husband enjoyed his massage as well. It was the perfect time to relax and enjoy our surroundings. We both needed that time to unwind from our hectic everyday schedules. After our massages we again rested in the meditation room, with warm neck pillows and blankets. I felt so refreshed! My muscles were limber, my neck, shoulders and back were no longer stiff. It was such a relaxing day.

Secrets Silversands Spa by Pevonia

I highly recommend trying the Spa while you’re on vacation if your resort offers this. It’s the perfect way to add to any tropical paradise vacation.

 

Secrets Silversands Spa - Meditation Room

Here is all that we enjoyed…

Step into our spa and step into supreme indulgence. At Secrets Spa by Pevonia, enjoy a wide selection of invigorating and revitalizing treatments, no matter what your pleasure.

The expansive spa offers a sublime atmosphere of pure indulgence combining hydrotherapy and indigenous treatments creating a refreshing and peaceful experience. The various treatments at the spa will nurture your mind and body and leave you relaxed, refreshed, and revitalized.

Let the stress of everyday life fall away as you experience a massage or facial in one of our fourteen luxury treatment rooms. Or slip away during soothing therapeutic body treatment for your mind and your body. The spa also offers a full-service beauty salon featuring hair treatments, manicures and pedicures. Think you’re brave enough to try our ice bath or a sensation shower?

The spa consists of 19 massage rooms with showers, suitable for private or couples massages, body therapy room, facial rooms, a fully equipped gym as well as a hydrotherapy area with sauna, steam rooms, whirlpool and spa showers.

Try our relaxing outdoor Swedish massage overlooking the ocean. Perhaps a European facial is more your style; indulge as you sip a cup of tea at our state-of-the-art spa. And don’t forget to take home a memento from our spa gift shop, maybe some aromatherapy candles to remind you of your luxuriating spa experience.